In what might be his longest X post yet, Elon Musk stated he “would rather go to prison than fire good people who didn’t want to be jabbed.”
My concern was more the outrageous demand that people *must* take the vaccine and multiple boosters to do anything at all. That was messed up.
Until the Supreme Court invalidated Biden’s exec order, SpaceX and many other companies would have been forced to fire anyone who…
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 26, 2023
His statement came as a response to another of his own posts, which called out disinformation campaigns and asserted the COVID-19 vaccine was 100% effective.
Have you heard dis information?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 26, 2023
Musk’s business tactics at X have garnered international attention with the EU issuing him a warning this week to “comply with sweeping new laws on fake news and Russian propaganda, after X — formerly known as Twitter — was found to have the highest ratio of disinformation posts of all large social media platforms.”
It appears Musk’s followers were eager to show up for his moment of truth. Musk’s reaction sparked a steady stream of support on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.
Thank you for saying this.
Don't you think it's extraordinary that you were injured yourself and felt unable to add the word "safety" to this sentence.
"And public debate over efficacy should not be shut down."
— Dr Clare Craig (@ClareCraigPath) September 27, 2023
I just want one level-headed person to explain to me what motivation vaccine companies had to make a safe and 100% effective vaccine when the government gave them total immunity under the PREP Act while trying to bury the initial results for 75 years behind sealed legislation.…
— Stephanie 🇺🇸 (@StephHoover8) September 26, 2023
Exactly, but at the time everyone seemed to have gone mad. I am an Italian parliamentarian and only 33 out of 630 of us voted against the mandatory vaccine pass for working. Mr. Draghi, the president at the time, said that if you didn't get vaxed, you would die or kill others.
— Claudio Borghi A. (@borghi_claudio) September 26, 2023
Musk hailed the Supreme Court ruling that put the kibosh on Biden’s executive order mandating the shot, noting, “SpaceX and many other companies would have been forced to fire anyone who refused to get vaccinated! We would not have done so.”
But not everyone was happy with the cherries atop Musk’s post on Tuesday. What began as a clear statement that he supported freedom of choice and was against taking away people’s livelihoods over healthcare decisions, quickly turned sour for some followers as he expressed support of mRNA science. Many people feel immense distrust in the methodology altogether.
I am afraid that it is too late for nuance, first we must suspend all mRNA injections, bring those responsible for the scandal to justice then evaluate how things should be done, consult the public and let them decide if and in what circumstances we allow genetic medicinal…
— Willem Engel (@dancalegria) September 27, 2023
“There is also great potential for curing many diseases using synthetic mRNA, so let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water.” Musk
— gigi35 (@gigi355) September 26, 2023
1/ I won't say thank you. He continues to shill for mRNA and he himself has a direct stake in the tech as a partner of Curevac. Curevac, btw, is largely owned by the German govt. He should say nothing or disclose his conflict of interest.
— Robert Kogon (former "Esprit de Voltaire") (@EdV1694) September 27, 2023
Opening the door further into his private life, Musk shared he has been vaccinated for COVID-19 three times, despite having been naturally infected before his first dose. He blamed the need for vaccination on travel requirements.
But fans are bound to question Musk’s decision-making skills on this front since he posted back in January that he suffered serious side effects after the second dose of the vaccine. Musk said he felt like he was dying for a number of days following his receipt of the booster. The obvious question is: Why get a third?
I had major side effects from my second booster shot. Felt like I was dying for several days. Hopefully, no permanent damage, but I dunno.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 21, 2023
In Tuesday’s post, he said it was his third dose that nearly sent him to the hospital. That has led him to question how many other people are suffering from injuries due to the vaccines or treatments rendered. Wouldn’t we all like to know.